Seema Verma at Hearing: Healthcare System ‘Frustrating’

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Published: February 22, 2017

Seema Verma at Hearing: Healthcare System ‘Frustrating’
Seema Verma at Hearing: Healthcare System ‘Frustrating’

WASHINGTON — America’s healthcare system is frustrating and is becoming more and more expensive, frustrating people’s hopes of getting the medical services they need, Seema Verma, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump for a key health position, has said.

The Indian American nominee told members of the powerful Senate Finance Committee during her confirmation hearing Feb. 19 that she was “deeply concerned” by the all-round frustration in the U.S. healthcare system.

“I am deeply concerned about our healthcare system. There is frustration all around,” said Verma, who has been nominated for the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

If confirmed by the Senate, she is likely to be a key figure in the Trump Administration for the president’s plan of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Appearing before the committee, Verma said she was “extremely humbled” to be nominated by the president.

“It is a testament to the fact that the American Dream is very much alive for those willing to work for it. My parents made a lot of sacrifices along the way to provide me with opportunities they didn’t have,” she said.

Verma said it was her passion to continue to work on the frontlines of healthcare, changing and improving this country’s healthcare delivery system.

“Doctors are increasingly frustrated by a number of costly and time-consuming burdens, and quite frankly, many Americans are not getting the care that they need. We have a long way to go in improving health outcomes,” she told lawmakers.

“Healthcare continues to grow more and more expensive and the American people are tired of partisan politics. They just want their healthcare system fixed,” she said in her testimony, adding that she understands what is at stake.

“I have never stood on the sidelines of our nation’s healthcare debate, merely pointing out what is wrong with our healthcare system. I have spent my entire life helping the most disadvantaged in our society receive the kind of accessible, affordable and competent healthcare service that our country’s healthcare system is renowned for,” she said.

 Verma shared her own personal experience with the senators.

“I know this, not simply because I have worked in healthcare, but because of how intimately it has affected my personal life. Two people I truly love have been immensely affected by enormous healthcare challenges,” she said.

“My own mother is a breast cancer survivor due to early diagnosis and treatment, and I thank God that she is with me today,” she said, adding that a few years ago, her neighbor was diagnosed with a stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

“I want to be part of the solution making the system work for all Americans. I want to be able to look my children in the eye and tell them I did my part to serve my country and make things better for people who often do not have a voice,” she said.